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Patriarchate allows widowed / abandoned priests to remarry

Featured Patriarchate allows widowed / abandoned priests to remarry

The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate has rendered a historic decision to allow priests whose wives died or abandoned them to enter into a second marriage. Priests who abandoned their own wives, however, to pursue other women, will not be allowed by the Church to remarry.

The Patriarchate will consider requests to remarry on a case-by-case basis, and will decide on such requests for evaluation sent to it by the respective hierarch.

The sacrament of the second marriage will be different; a simple prayer with close family members present.

The Patriarchate will issue a Patriarchal Letter soon outlining the details and directives.